Tag Archives: Edgar Wallace

Smelly old books of the year, 2015

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Feels like it’s time for an end-of-the-year wrap-up. I got myself an e-reader at the end of 2014, and so my reading in 2015 has been dominated by the nice, free-to-air output of Project Gutenberg. In other words, most of my … Continue reading

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Book of the month: November 2015

It’s been a lovely old-fashioned reading month here at Past Offences, with a definite Golden Age feel. A. A. Milne: The Red House Mystery – a dilettante sleuth investigates the death of a control-freak patron of the arts. Raymond Chandler … Continue reading

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‘Crack out the railway timetables’: #1922book results

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Every month at Past Offences is devoted to a particular year from the history of crime and mystery fiction – it’s called Crimes of the Century. This month Bev from My Reader’s Block nominated 1922, at the dawn of the … Continue reading

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Edgar Wallace: The Angel of Terror

Edgar Wallace famously wrote 300% of all novels published between 1910 and 1930, so it was a surprise to find he only published four in 1922, this month’s focus for Crimes of the Century. Jose Ignacio has read The Crimson Circle; I downloaded … Continue reading

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Ed. Martin Edwards: Capital Crimes

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Capital Crimes Ed. Martin Edwards First published in the UK 2014 by the British Library 320 pages ISBN 9780712357494 Source: Publisher review copy ‘London is an inexhaustible place.’ he mused. ‘Its variety is infinite.’ Short-story collections must be tough to put together. … Continue reading

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‘I’ve been severely touched’ #1915book results

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Every month on Past Offences, we focus on the crime fiction of a particular year. To celebrate the new year this January, I went back 100 years to 1915, honestly expecting rather a thin crop of reviews. To my surprise – and probably … Continue reading

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‘I will see you and kill you to-morrow at daybreak’ #1932book

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Happy Hallowe’en, blog-readers! Les at Classic Mysteries chose 1932 as our focus-year for October, and once again I was inundated with entries. Thanks everybody. (And a special mention for everyone I’ve missed. You’re the best ones.) No children’s classic with … Continue reading

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Edgar Wallace: The Four Just Men

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The Four Just Men Edgar Wallace First published 1906 This edition 20o1, House of Stratus ISBN: 9781842326831 120 pages Score: 2/5 Incredibly, Edgar Wallace wrote over 170 books in the early part of the last century. More than 50 of them are … Continue reading

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